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Indoor Plant Hangers

Indoor Plant Hangers

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Who doesn't remember either macamaing her own or growing up under an indoor plant hanger? One of the most beloved patterns, the macrame plant hanger is well known across the world. Jute and hemp are usually the material of choice because they both add a natural feel and look to this project.

What you'll need:

145 yards of cordage

Various beads and shells and fine wire (make sure your beads are wide enough to go through the number of cords you want to surround)

Note: These instructions are VERY flexible. You can alter the pattern by changing number of knots and placement of beads at any step (see step 5 for example).

What to do:

Preparation: Cut 12 cords measuring 12 yards each. Holding all the cords together, fold in half to form a loop. Tie a 31" cord around the middle of the cords approximately 3" down from the top. Do this again with another cord, closer to the top of the looped end.

Step one: Loop another small cord through the large loop and tie a tight knot to create a hanger.

Step two: Separate your 24 cords into 3 groups of 8. Make 9 half knots, using four filler cords and two worker cords on each side. Then add a large bead onto the middle to filler cords. Do this for each of the three groups.

Step three: Now we're going to alternate working cords. Separate all 24 cords into 6 groups of 4 cords each. Make 26 half knots, using 2 filler cords and 2 worker cords. Leave a space of about a 1" and make 6 square knots. Add a bead to one of the filler beads, and tie a few more square knots to secure. Repeat this step for other five groups.

Step four: Leave a space of a few inches, alternate cords (meaning switch back to the 3 groups of 8 cords each). Tie a row of Josephine knots across all the cords. Alternate cords (meaning switch back to 6 groups of 4) and tie a row of Josephine knots.

Step five: Change working cords back to 3 groups and make one or two half knots. Tie 6 or 7 square knots, 17 or 18 half knots, another square knot or two, and 5 or 6 more half knots (this is what I mean by being a flexible pattern-you can average any amount of knots or spacing +/- one inch/knot).

Step six: Leave about a 3" space, switch working cords and tie a row of Josephine knots. Leave another space about 3" and tie a long cord (about 30") around all the cord ends to join them together securely.

Step seven: This last step is completely aesthetic and subject to your taste preference. Cut cord ends to form tassels at varying lengths and add beads or shells to your liking.

Here's another one I like for its simplicity and beauty:

50 yards of cordage


Step one: Cut 8 cords measuring 6 yards each. Center the cords onto the large ring so that you have 16 cord ends hanging down, 8 on each side of the ring.

Step two: Divide cords into four groups with four cords each, and make a square knot button made up of 3 square knots. Secure with a square knot just under the button. Do this for each of the four groups.

Step three: Now alternate the cords, and make another row of square knot buttons. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for three more rows for all four groups.

Step four: Alternate the cords, keeping four groups of four. This is a funny knot that has a beauty effect. We will be working with each group of four, one group at a time. Make a square knot, using the three (out of four) cords on the left. Now make a square knot with the three cords (out of four) on the right. Repeat this pattern for about 24" for each group.

Step five: Cut a cord about 25" long and wrap the cord around all the cords gathering together. Trim fringes as per desire.

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